Broncos Spytek tabbed as Bucs player personnel director
The Bucs have added one of the NFL's best talent evaluators from the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos.
John Spytek, a national scout for the Broncos, has agreed to terms to become the Bucs director of player personnel.
Spytek, 35, replaces Jon Robinson as the right hand man for Bucs general manager Jason Licht. Robinson was hired as the Titans GM.
A former Michigan linebacker, Spytek has nine seasons of personnel experience in the NFL. During his three seasons as the director of college scouting for Cleveland (2010-12), the Browns produced six PFWA All rookie players and drafted four players who went onto made the Pro Bowl in 2013. Spytek crossed paths with Licht when they both worked for the Philadelphia Eagles. Spytek served as a college/pro scout for Philadelphia from 2007-09 after starting his personnel career as an intern with the Eagles in 2005 and a full-time college scouting assistant in 2006.
John and Kristen Spytek started the National CMV Foundation after their 21-month old daughter, Evelyn, died in 2014 following a necessary surgery as a result of the disease. Cytomegalovirus, or CMV, is common and typically harmless to the general population. But it can cause severe brain damage to babies infected before birth. CMV affects one in 150 children born each year in the United States. Of those 30,000, one in every five born with congenital infections will develop permanent health problems. CMV can present a host of birth defects, including hearing loss, mental disability and vision problems.
"We were devastated,'' John Spytek said in a story published on the Broncos website. "When you're dealing with a virus that attacks the brain, that's not treatable stuff. That's long lasting. That's permanent. We did what we could.''
Three weeks after Evelyn's death, the Spyteks had a healthy baby boy named Jack.